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CHP Conducts Distracted Driving Enforcement Operations

FRESNO — Driver distractions have always presented challenges to roadway safety. Over the years, it has increasingly become a more serious problem as in-vehicle technology has expanded. To discourage this dangerous habit, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers campaign in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The year-long campaign, funded by ...

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High Winds Topple Trees, Block Roadways In Bass Lake Area

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued an MCAlert due to high winds in the Bass Lake area. Multiple trees have been reported blocking roadways along Roads 222, 426, 432 and 274. Power lines are also down in some areas, with several reports of trees falling across homes, one sparking a fire. The Sheriff’s Office is advising ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Dec. 3

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 27  to Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Coarsegold domestic violence On Monday, Nov. 27 at 12:43 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a confidential location regarding a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival an investigation ensued and the deputy found that a physical assault ...

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Update On Deputies Following HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — Two Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been examined by doctors following what appears to have been exposure to hazardous chemicals while on duty. Just after 8:30 a.m. today, the Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the possibility of stolen property at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way. Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting ...

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Deputies Require Medical Attention After Possible HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — A response to a call regarding possible stolen property resulted in two Madera County Sheriff’s deputies being transported for medical treatment. This morning at approximately 8:32 a.m, deputies arrived at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way to investigate reports of possible stolen property. Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting the type of symptoms ...

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Preliminary Hearing Set In Violent Bass Lake Home Invasion

NORTH FORK — The two men arrested following a violent home invasion robbery in Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18 appeared in Bass Lake Superior Court today. Ray Coleman, 23, and Alvin McDonald, 18, both of North Fork, have pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were both arrested last week on charges of attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, burglary, assault ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Nov. 26

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 20  to Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Oakhurst bicycles collected and booked as found property On Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 a.m. a deputy was conducting a patrol check of the Fresno River near Hwy 41 in Oakhurst, when the deputy located ...

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Oakhurst Woman Airlifted After Crash On Deadwood

OAKHURST — A single-vehicle accident on Highway 41 this afternoon sent two women to the hospital. Just before 12:30 p.m., an Oakhurst woman, age 75, was northbound on Highway 41 in a 1930 Ford Model A with one passenger – a 50-year-old woman, also from Oakhurst. The driver told CHP that she had looked down at the radio and when ...

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Second Suspect In Bass Lake Home Invasion Now Behind Bars

NORTH FORK — The second suspect wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery and assault in Bass Lake is now in custody. Ray Coleman, 23, of North Fork, is now behind bars after having eluded deputies for more than three days following a violent break-in at a home in the Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18. Shortly after midnight ...

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Overturned 5th Wheel Causes Road Closure At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — An accident on Road 274 this evening closed the road in both directions as about five recovery and cleanup vehicles responded to deal with the aftermath. At about 5:45 p.m. reports came in of a 5th wheel trailer overturned in the sharp corner just west of Fawn Point. A 73-year-old man from Riverside, Calif., was westbound on ...

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